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Hilarious and touching show about parenting

28 September 2016

Salisbury Playhouse is welcoming Tangled Feet to The Salberg from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 October with Kicking and Screaming, an honest and funny show which looks at how our priorities shift when we become parents.

Like a tiny bomb exploding in the middle of your life, the baby arrives – and suddenly the world you know becomes a different place entirely. How do we adjust – and what happens if we don’t? Kicking and Screaming tells the story of the impact a new baby has on two couples as they grapple with the joys and challenges a screaming new member of the family brings.

This touching show has a live score – including versions of Lionel Ritchie and Kraftwerk played on children’s instruments – and combines Tangled Feet’s trademark physical performances with a hilarious new script. 

Recently life has imitated art at Tangled Feet theatre company HQ with two new arrivals for the company’s directors. In the last year not one but both the directors, Kat Joyce and Nathan Curry, have had babies. So how has parenthood impacted their work as directors and affected this show about parenthood?

Nathan Curry confesses, “As new parents our social life has almost disappeared – we never go out after 7pm and we just watch box-sets at home. We wanted to invite parents struggling with similar issues to bring their babies to the theatre and enjoy this cultural experience together which is why we are scheduling ‘bring your baby shows’ throughout our tour. The babies get baby massage and ‘sing and sign’; this is for the parents”.

As well as the evening performances of Kicking and Screaming, Salisbury Playhouse will be hosting a ‘baby friendly performance’ (for babies under 18 months old) on Saturday 22 October at 2.45pm. Babies can be brought along to this accessible show where there will be buggy parking, relaxed seating, and you are welcome to feed, change, comfort and interact with your child during the performance.

Co-Directors Nathan Curry and Kat Joyce said: “The show is particularly relevant to us right now, as we have recently welcomed our babies into our respective lives. Clearly watching the chaos on stage last year as the actors battled nappies, plastic toys and sleep deprivation wasn’t enough to put us off having children! Planning rehearsals has been through the haze of exhaustion.”

Kicking and Screaming is in The Salberg for just 4 performances from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 October and is recommended for those aged 14 and over. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the show page